4-H Horse and Pony ID
- 4-H animals are to be identified by May 15th and State Fair eligible horses need photos uploaded into 4hOnline by May 15th.
- Read the 4-H 202 publication, “Iowa 4-H Livestock Show Requirements - Animal Identification, Weighing, and Exhibiting Requirements for County, State and Interstate Shows”.
- Ownership is required of the 4-H animal. However, Horses have an official lease (4H 106 CL) option as a 4-H project. The 4-H’er must complete a lease form. Only showmanship, riding or driving horses are eligible for lease; horses in halter/conformation classes, cannot be leased and must be owned by the 4-H’er.
- Horse and dog project animals can be identified by more than one 4-H member provided the members are all 4-H members and are siblings. Sibling definition includes brother, sister or step-siblings with one common parent/guardian. The same animal(s) cannot be identified by one sibling in 4-H and another sibling in FFA.
- Maximum of 5 head can be identified; of those, a max. of 2 may be leased
- Registration papers are required for State Fair halter classes (upload to 4hOnline or present papers at check-in)
Iowa Western 4-H Nationals Results
Hippology Team - Bianca Sponseller, Jordan Rydl and Kylene Harold
- Kylene Harold – 1st Place Written Exam, 5th Place Stations, 4th Place Overall High Point Individual
- Jordan Rydl – 8th place Horse Judging
- Bianca Sponseller – 10th place (tie)
- 5th Place Written Exam
- 5th Place Stations
- 4th Place Horse Judging
- 4th Place Team Problems
- 4th place OVERALL TEAM STANDINGS OF 12 States Participating
Quiz Bowl Team: Claira Miller, Lindsey Donnelly, Kat Hawley and Brody Bents
- Claira Miller – 3rd place by number of questions answered
- Kat Hawley – 7th place
- Lindsey Donnelly – 10th place (tie)
- 4th place OVERALL TEAM STANDINGS of 10 states participation
Twelve 4-H members from around the state gathered to participate in Animal Science Roundup this June 23-25. Animal Science Roundup is an extension of the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference that takes place every year at Iowa State University’s campus. The horse section is organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Specialist Peggy Auwerda.
|4H Roundup Youth Wrapping a Leg|
Students are selected to participate and gain hands-on learning experience. The first day of the program consisted of Nikki Ferwerda, the horse farm supervisor collecting a stallion and discussing semen evaluation. Next, leg models were used to allow youth to practice wrapping legs. The second day consisted of a trip to Prairie Meadows Backside and Track side. Jon Moss, Executive Director of the Iowa H.B.P.A. gave a wonderful tour and discussion of horse racing. The youth were allowed to discuss the horses training on the track, visit the jockeys room and assess equipment, visit the area where urine or blood specimens are obtained from the first or second place finishers after a race and visit the track office where horses are signed up to race. The afternoon consisted of the youth learning to body condition score and measure weight in horses, evaluate a digestive tract and Kirk Hatfield discussed Ranch Riding.
The last day of Animal Science Roundup included a skillathon and quiz bowl where the youth are quizzed over the items they learned about at Roundup.
|Jon Moss and Dr. John Sweeney discussing
the test barn at Prairie Meadows Racetrack &
We all know that having horses requires more than just jumping on and riding! One way to help youth get motivated to learn more about the science behind horses is to encourage them to get involved in Equine Extravaganza.
Save the dates for the 2020 Equine Extravaganza – March 20-22! This is held at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. It isn’t too soon to start gathering a team! The following activities are part of this event:
- Horse Quiz Bowl – Friday evening
- Hippology – Saturday
- Horseless Horse exhibit judging – Saturday
- Public Speaking contest – Saturday
- Team and individual Demonstration contest – Saturday
- Horse Judging Contest – Sunday
- 4-H Horse Judges certification – Sunday
- Model Horse - Sunday
Information from previous years is available now on this website: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/equineextravaganza Please check back for information that will be updated for 2020 shortly after the first of the year.
If you have never participated before, consider attending this year and observing or if you don’t mind jumping in, consider encouraging youth to participate!
Additional resources for quiz bowl and Hippology include:
- Horse Industry Handbook - http://www.ayhc.com/shop
- Horse Smarts: An equine reference and youth activity guide - http://www.ayhc.com/shop
- Horse Learning Lab Kits from Ohio State University - https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/horse-learning-lab-kit/
If you are looking to start a horse judging team, consider checking out some of these resources:
- Texas A & M – classes -- https://animalscience.tamu.edu/livestock-species/equine/online-judging/ Scroll down and you will find the 2015 Houston show videos
- http://horsejudging.com/ I have never had a subscription here, just the free account.
- Look at youtube and search for horse judging classes or for specific classes.
Some great publications:
- AQHA competitive horse judging manual - https://www.aqha.com/news-and-publications/e-books/free-ebooks/competitive-horse-judging-manual1
- UNL – horse judging resource page - https://animalscience.unl.edu/horse-judging-information
- North Carolina – horse judging resource page - https://equinehusbandry.ces.ncsu.edu/equinehusbandry-educational-materials/horse-judging-resource-material/
Online subscription resources:
- Texas A & M horse judging https://campus.extension.org/course/search.php?search=horse+judging
Lastly, if you haven’t joined our 4-H Horse Project Leaders Facebook page, please consider this your invitation to do so! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1420123681586863/
Lisa Berkland | IA
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
4-H Youth Development Specialist
2008 10th Street
Emmetsburg, IA 51358
The Extravaganza is an opportunity for Iowa youth to participate in a variety of horseless horse contests and activities.
The Horse Bowl Contest is designed to offer an opportunity for youths interested in horses to display the knowledge they have gained in a competitive and friendly atmosphere. Additionally, it is designed to encourage youths and leaders to study and obtain a more thorough and complete knowledge of horses and related subject matter. Youths will gain confidence in their horse knowledge and be rewarded and recognized for their achievements. Finally, the Horse Bowl Contest is designed to always provide an enjoyable educational experience for participants and spectators.
Teams of either four or five members from one county compete in a game show type format and answer questions related to equine subject matter. On teams in which there are five members, all will compete, but the member receiving the lowest overall score will be automatically declared the alternate. The scores of the alternate will not be included in any of the team totals but will be considered in making all individual awards. Teams consisting of four members will have no alternate and all members’ scores will count in determining individual and team awards.
Play consists of double elimination tournament style matches where two teams compete at a time. A county can bring up to two senior and two junior teams to the area contest. Junior (4-8 grade) and Senior (9-12 grade) 4-H members are eligible to compete in Horse Quiz Bowl. Members of the winning senior division team go on to compete at Eastern National Round Up in Louisville, KY.